Picture this: A nuclear disaster that could threaten the wellbeing of an entire nation begins. But hardly anyone notices. People are too busy keeping up with their celebrities and their sports teams’ standings to realize that the energy source that provides them with 797.1 billion kilowatt hours annually is undergoing a crisis.
It sounds almost like a satirical film plot, doesn’t it?
It’s actually real life.
Three nuclear disasters are occurring around the nation, and yet I haven’t seen a single news piece about it. One of the disasters has been foreshadowed for five years.
It began in 2010 in Bridgeton, Missouri when the Bridgeton Landfill began burning. Even to this day, officials have been unable to contain the fire, which is pretty concerning since it’s getting closer and closer to the West Lake Landfill, which has been filled for decades with nuclear waste from government experiments and weapon manufacturing.
The landfill contains material from the Manhattan Project and even the Cold War. Although the government has announced a plan to build an isolating wall, this will take up to a year to complete and ground hasn’t even been broken yet. In fact, it was just a couple weeks ago that the EPA and Bridgeton Landfill, LLC reached a settlement allowing work to begin on the isolation barrier.
How close is the fire to the radioactive waste? 1,000 feet.
As if that wasn’t gloomy enough, there are also two nuclear reactors in America that have been leaking for months.
One of them is located in the Florida county of Turkey Point, where a recent study found that the Florida Power & Light reactors’ cooling canal is leaking polluted water into Biscayne Bay. As the New York Times reports, the resulting plume has been slowly making its way over to wells that supply millions of residents in Miami and the Florida Keys with water.
Samples of the water found elevated levels of salt, ammonia, phosphorous and the radioactive isotope tritium. That’s not only terrible for us; it’s awful for the fragile ecosystems that call the water home.
Officials are criticizing the Florida Power & Light company for being slow to react to the issue. Environmentalists are even threatening to sue the company in a matter of days, claiming they’ve violated the federal Clean Water Act.
The final nuclear disaster in our triple threat comes from New York. Earlier this year, the state governor called for an investigation after it was found that Indian Point, a power plant on the Hudson, was leaking radioactive material into the groundwater.
One of the wells located near the Indian Point plant showed a 65,000% (that is not a typo) increase in radioactive material. The scary thing is that to the company behind Indian Point, Entergy, this is just another spill. That’s because they’ve had nine in the past year, four of which required the plant to be shut down.
In 2010, an explosion occurred at the plant and the resulting leak into the Hudson River caused the company to be fined $1.2 million.
But how’s the NFL draft going?